WHO designation for work health centre


La Trobe University’s Centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors has been designated by the World Health Organisation as a full member of its Global Network of Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health. 

Healthy Workplace flow chartThe sixty-five-member international network enables the World Health Organisation (WHO) to obtain advice and support from leading experts to help implement the objectives of its Global Plan of Action on Workers' Health.

The La Trobe Centre is only the second in Australia to receive this designation. The other is the federal government’s SafeWork Australia which leads development of national OHS and workers’ compensation policy.

Head of the Centre’s WHO work program, Adjunct Professor Wendy Macdonald, has worked with the WHO since 2006.

She says the La Trobe Centre is recognised internationally for its leadership in developing evidence-based workplace procedures to reduce the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, a major occupational health and safety problem.

‘In countries such as Australia, these injuries are the most common and overall the most costly,’ she says.

Professor Macdonald has held a number of international leadership roles within the network. In addition to coordinating projects on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, she currently shares responsibility for coordinating projects targeting particularly hazardous industry sectors and vulnerable workers.


Professor Wendy Macdonald: w.macdonald@latrobe.edu.au